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NECA DG becomes ILO governing board member

By Guardian Editor
14 February 2023   |   3:12 am
The International Labour Organisation (ILO) has appointed the Director-General of the Nigeria Employers’ Consultative Association (NECA), Adewale-Smatt Oyerinde as a member of its governing board.

Adewale-Smatt Oyerinde

The International Labour Organisation (ILO) has appointed the Director-General of the Nigeria Employers’ Consultative Association (NECA), Adewale-Smatt Oyerinde as a member of its governing board.

It would be recalled that the governing council of the international body in March 2022, elected Gilbert Houngbo, a Togolese, as the 11th Director-General of the organisation, who took over the mantle of leadership from the immediate past Director General, Guy Ryder, in October 2022 for the next five years.

It is expected that the newly-elected DG in liaison with other executives, would appoints the new governing board, which saw Nigeria’s Oyerinde, becoming one of the members of the board. 

The governing board comprises representatives of governments, workers and employers.

Houngbo, during the appointment of the board recently said: “Although my origin is Africa, but my perspective is global.”

ILO is composed of three organs namely, the general conference of representatives of member states, the governing body and the international labour office.

Reacting on Oyerinde’s appointment, the Excutive Director of Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC), Auwal Rafsanjani, lauded the appointment, describing it a welcome development.

He said Nigeria deserves more of such appointments, as the country has domesticated several ILO conventions and beyond this, Nigeria has effective and efficient industrial court, adjudicating labour matters, thus ensuring peaceful co-existence between the employer and employees.

He urged Oyerinde to portray Nigeria in good light.